HYPE Pinellas, the young professionals affiliate of the Largo/Mid-Pinellas Chamber of Commerce, will hold its monthly "HYPE It Up" Second Thursday Mixer on Thursday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Red Room Cafe & Sports Grill, 999 Missouri Ave., Largo.
This holiday-themed event will feature a sugar cookie decorating competition presented by Cookies by Design of Largo.
HYPE Pinellas (Helping Young Professionals Emerge) was created in 2007 by a group of young leaders looking to establish a peer network in the Mid-Pinellas region. Its objective is to provide networking, professional development and community outreach opportunities for those between the ages of 21 and 39.
To celebrate the season, HYPE members have invited all age groups to this event, which will feature appetizers and a cash bar. The cost is $5 for chamber members and $10 for nonmembers.
Participants are encouraged to bring business cards and a raffle gift promoting their business. To register, contact the chamber at (727) 584-2321 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lending Workshop planned Thursday
The Largo/Mid-Pinellas Chamber will host a Small Business Administration Lending Workshop for its Preferred Member Lenders on Thursday from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the chamber's 151 Third St. NW office.
The program is designed to provide information about lending alternatives available to existing and new business clients, specifically those offered by the SBA. It will include a national SBA update — i.e. new changes to the programs, where the programs are going and any procedural changes expected in the near future.
There will also be special emphasis on the Express and Small/Rural Lender Advantage programs.
Presenting the workshop will be Robert Chavarria, SBA senior area manager, and Jonel Hien, SBA area manager. For more information, call Charlie Cronk at the chamber at (727) 584-2321.
Assistance program offered for businesses
The Business Assistance Program, a partnership between the Largo/Mid Pinellas Chamber of Commerce, city of Largo and Pinellas County Economic Development, provides free help to dozens of businesses each day.
Services range from guidance in developing business plans, obtaining permits and licenses to financing options, training programs and employment searches. Largo's business assistance specialist, Charlie Cronk, is trained to provide technical assistance to those looking to start a business as well as businesses considering expansions or relocations.
To schedule an appointment with Cronk, call the chamber at 584-2321 or e-mail email@example.com.